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How to score an A in JC A Level H2 Mathematics?

Exam and Learning strategies for H2 A Level Mathematics

In this article, we will share with you some effective and proven strategies that will help you score an A in JC A Level H2 Math.

Most people think the necessary ingredients to an A in Mathematics is simply practice, practice and more practice. In today’s competitive world, we cannot just rely on practising hard to score on an A. We need to combine practice with suitable learning as well as exam strategies to achieve success. In this article, we will discuss the exam approaches and learning plans to help students excel in A Level Mathematics.

The A level H2 Math exam is a high stakes exam as it constitutes 100% of a student’s final grade. Students should try to prep themselves and adopt the right exam strategies to help them achieve their desired grade.

Exam Strategies

Strategy 1: Time yourself during exam.

Work using the 1 – 1.5 rule. mark allocation is provided right after each question. It gives students an idea of the time and amount of effort required. Typically, for a 5 marks question, students should not spend more than 7.5 minutes on the question. By using this rule, students can pace themselves during exams and complete the paper in time.

Strategy 2: Look out for Keywords

Look out for the keywords (E.g. Deduce, solve, show, hence) in each question. These keywords are signposts to help students identify the requirements of the question. 

Here are some common keywords found in H2 Maths exam questions

Hence – to use the answer from the previous part to solve the current question

Deduce – to derive as a conclusion from the answers found

Show – to justify the given answer. Do not substitute the given answer in the equation.

Solve – to find a solution

Find – to perform calculations and come up with an answer

Strategy 3: Attempt all parts of a question

In a multi – part question, try to attempt all parts of the question. Do not give up just because you cannot answer the first part.

Strategy 4: Visualise the problem

When you are stuck on a problem, try to visualise the problem. Draw a diagram or model to break down the problem. Write down all the possible formulae you can use and see which one fits the question.

Learning Strategies

Learning Strategy 1

Before each lesson, read the material prior to class for an overview of the material. After the class, do regular revision. Complete all your homework and tutorials to build your foundation on the topic.

Learning Strategy 2

Effective preparation is the key to success. Summarise all the formulae and key concepts for each topic. Rewrite the formulae to help information retrieval and improvement in memory skills.

Some students use mindmaps to help summarise the mathematical knowledge. This is also a good way to revise as students can reflect on the relationships between the formulae.

Learning Strategy 3

To deepen your learning, attempt challenging questions. Frequent exposure to complex math questions can improve familiarity with mathematical content and reduces math anxiety. Students build confidence and are less likely to panic when facing a challenging problem.

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